Watching playful dolphins or rolling down water slides are just some of the awesome adventures for the whole family in southwest Florida. This is not to mention the exciting ways to learn about the area’s vast nature and wildlife.

We’ve put together some suggestions of fun activities that’ll put you at the top of your family’s list.

If your family wants to experience plenty of fishing excitement, then summer is a great time to fish on Florida’s Paradise Coast, and. There are charter companies that offer both off-shore and deep-sea fishing excursions. As of now, more and more guides and charters are springing in the area. Many offer combination trips that can include a stop on a barrier island for shelling, picture taking opportunities with the dolphins and more, so even the people in your family who can’t do fishing have something to enjoy.

You may also explore the well-preserved treasure of Everglades National Park, a subtropical paradise and part of the country’s largest wetlands area. The diverse habitats allow you to enjoy canoeing and kayaking, hiking, biking, fresh and saltwater fishing and camping in the exciting and untamed wilderness. The Naples area is home to the Everglades National Park Gulf Coast Visitor Center located in Everglades City, which is a visitor center and serves as a gateway through the national park. Visiting the center is for free – no entry fee required. Boat tours are available to take you out into the saltwater mangrove estuary portion of the park where you’ll spot bottlenose dolphins and numerous endemic and migratory bird species, including egrets, herons, osprey and more.

Looking for a one-stop shop for all of the family fun you could ask for? There’s something for everyone at Naples, where activities include fishing, boating, using the Segway, kayaking, biking and rowing the paddleboards. It’s as simple as making a reservation, renting equipment and exploring the entire city – by land or sea!

Are you looking for an interactive learning experience that incorporates family fun and learning under the shade of native trees? Naples Botanical Garden combines a hands-on user experience with wonderful facilities. There are monthly programs within the garden that has fun themes from birds to solar power. These programs encourage imagination for the kids, working with hands and exploration with fun activities taking place in the beautifully landscaped flowers and shrubbery. Afterwards, stop the café for an assortment of soups, salads and more.

Sometimes you’ve got to escape too much sun which is bad for the skin and head indoors for some cool air – The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples is the most suitable place to avoid those rays. The first of its kind in Southwest Florida, This two-story, 30,000-square-foot family-friendly museum inspires learning through hands-on play, teamwork and imagination. This is a not-for-profit museum  that offers approximately 16 unique exhibits, this includes a giant maze inspired by the forests of the Everglades to something a bit out of the ordinary like a wide blue space that has a lot of construction blocks.

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